Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Brain Purge {Lunch Bag Revisited: Slip-Knot Bag Closure}

Thoughts are swirling...
I have may different tangents going on in my brain today, so here goes a brain dump:
  • I am training for a half marathon this fall (one day I'll discuss my view on training in this buy household)
  • I am struggling with the back to school routine, or more specifically my baby thinks that I need to hold her all day long.
  • How to balance the wants of older kids with the actual functioning of our family unit.
  • Travel or house hockey is mostly the question.
  • Family meetings... when to schedule that it would 'work' out for the 8 of us
  • I do not even have a driver/worker/teenager, how can't we all be together for an hour or so a week.
  • I have a feeling this is going to only get worse.
  • Fabric coming - this week I have a large order of fabric coming (oh the things that make me happy)
  • There are half finished projects all over this house - some I have the ability to finish and others that need more brains or muscle than I can provide alone.
  • I have an ongoing love affair with the idea of minimalism... I just wish the motivation would stick around for more than a closet.
So onto the project this week:  I was sewing last week... so so happy that my weekly sewing dates with a dear friend back up and running.
Last week I knew what I was doing before she arrived; I pinned this a while back:
Source: helenheath.com via Amy on Pinterest

Of course in my usual manner, I did not follow the pattern exactly.  I just do not get along with tightly curved seams - I am still learning {There has to be a better way than how I am attempting to accomplish this skill, and I'll find it}.
So instead I added 4" to the bottom of the pattern (click through the Pinterest link to the pattern), and made a square bottom.  When finished the bottom is almost a 4" square.
The above 2 are for my little boys - their lunch bags for our library days.  Now at least for a while they will be happy with lunches from home rather than begging for Burger King or other such out to eat type lunches.
I made 2 out of 100% cotton (for both the lining and outside) and 4 out of laminated cotton for the exterior.
I know that I made the princess a lunch bag a couple of months ago, and I happily pacjed her lunch for her in that bag.  Eventually, I realized I was resuming with paper bags for her.  Much to my dismay, she misplaced her bag.  I checked the lost and found at school, but there was nothing, such is life with kids.  This design is better as it is an easy close AND handle all in one.
Hope to finish a few of those half done projects and get them up on the blog soon.  And rememeber: Life is Good!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

And for the grand announcement:
I went through and numbered each thing even if there was only one comment.  There were several who lumped each request into 1 comment, which for this giveaway was fine.  Total of comments 51 - I did use random.org but being the dork that I am I cannot figure out how to put the screen shot in here.

Winner: Comment #23

Project list ummm...well lots of painting just haven't started yet!

Bridget Kinnunen


You should be getting an email from me shortly!
Have a great day and thanks for participating.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Check it out!

My dear friend Alexis over at Clean, Smart, Simple Style has me as a guest post yesterday.  Go check out my command center on her blog.
Love her dearly!
Also do not forget to check sign up for the giveaway - ends tomorrow night. (See below post)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Giveaway: LeapsterGS

At times in my mind, I have been kicking around the idea of opening an etsy shop once again, but that is kind of a tough venue to make things actually work.  Lots of people selling similar items, so for now I just sit with this little blog amongst thousands of others.
I am finding that working on increasing traffic is an enjoyable challenge.   Although I am likely going about that task in a round about method, sometimes learning and discovering what brings joy into your life is a journey...

A month back I was chosen by LeapFrog to review a LeapsterGS unit and 1 game, and in conjunction with that, I have been given the opportunity to give one away to one of my readers.  Honestly your kids will enjoy many hours of fun with this handheld gaming system.
To enter you must:

  1. Leave a comment below telling my what is on your fall project list (I know seemingly unrelated, but LeapsterGS will entertain while you work on that list).
  2. Follow this blog (Leave a comment telling me you have)
  3. 'Like' Permanent Kisses on Facebook (Leave a comment telling me you did)
  4. 'Like' LeapFrog on Facebook (Leave a comment telling me you did).
In total you could have 5 chances to win!  This giveaway ends Thursday at midnight (EST).  I will pick a winner and announce it on Friday sometime.  Good Luck!
{Photos from Leapster}

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to School!

I wish that I could say that I feel sad, disappointed, apprehensive, or something other than joy about seeing the big yellow bus come lumbering down the road yesterday morning.  But the truth is, I can't.  By the end of this ridiculously busy summer of running hither tither and yon for sports, camping trips, friends, and other fun summer activities I am CRAVING routine.
One that makes time for crafts, cooking, playing.  The little gem is going to find a schedule - working on getting her to sleep in a little bit and eliminate the morning nap, but continue to work on a long afternoon snooze!  In all of our travels I basically held her (or she rode on my back) for June, July and half of August.  After arriving home, I put her on the floor and she took off - now I have to remember to pick up all the little 'chokers' left laying on the floor.
Up first on my non-sewing project list is this cupboard:
I know exactly what I want to do with this, but unsure of where it will end up in this house.  First it needs a good sanding and paint job - then I have a great plan for the top.  I think it will end up in the living room to be used as an end table with toy storage.  Luckily I had a kid who found the key to that lock before I even contemplated finding bolt cutters (sometimes those diggers are good).

Chartreuse will be visiting on Friday, so hopefully some fun sewing and visiting will take place - these days are a huge part of why I was ready for school to start.  I just need to pick out my projects the night before, so that I actually accomplish something.

I do have couple things on the agenda for later this week: my new 'command center' and a giveaway, stay tuned.  I am hoping to once again participate in the 31 Days series hosted by The Nester - currently pondering topics.  Plus hopefully I'll have some progress to report on the cupboard (nothing like posting it to keep a lady motiviated)!

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